Technology Solutions & Skills: September 2012
Linear LLC, with headquarters in Carlsbad, Calif., believes it has advanced the video intercom segment with the introduction of the VMC1 Video Security Intercom System, a centralized security solution that delivers live video, audio, whole-home intercom, door releases, alarm triggers, and remote monitoring features in one highly capable and flexible system.
“We’re seeing a renaissance in the home intercom segment, and the VMC1 is our masterpiece,” described Gary Baker, vice president of marketing for Linear. “The advanced video and intercom features combined with music-sharing options make this a truly unique security and communication system. Dealers will also appreciate the accessory add-ons and potential for expansion.”
The VMC1 Master Station is the central hub of the system and has a large 5.6-inch color LCD video display that can monitor any entryway equipped with a camera. Traditional security systems with multiple camera stations are difficult to monitor because the homeowner is not always available or in front of a screen when someone rings the doorbell, Linear stated in its announcement. With integrated live video support, the VMC1 System provides access to up to three color video cameras or video door stations, allowing users to view activities inside and out from the master station, or with optional accessories, from a TV display, or select portable devices. When not at home, the VMC1 System also can deliver a live video signal or email a snapshot picture of the front door visitor to a smartphone or computer for quick identification.
In addition, from the VMC1 Master Station, music can be shared with any room station, either from the AM/FM tuner or from auxiliary devices such as MP3 players or smartphones. While all room stations allow room-to-room or whole-home communication, the Master Station video screen allows users to speak with and see visitors at monitored doors.
The system can support up to three remote electronic door release mechanisms to unlock a door or gate. It also has two control output switches to remotely turn on lights, trigger an alert on an alarm panel or even close a garage door. By combining visual monitoring with the ability to enact a security response in the home, the VMC1 is a serious deterrent and one of the most sophisticated video security intercom systems available, Linear contends.
With all the security and control functionality, one might overlook the whole-home intercom functionality of the Linear VMC1. Seeking to address a range of communication needs, the intercom lets users speak to a single room, a group of rooms or the whole house (up to 20 rooms). Whether the user is telling the kids to get ready for bed, calling houseguests for dinner, or using the system to make a company-wide announcement in a small office, the VMC1 initiates hands-free conversations to any room station. One or more rooms also can be monitored or kept private, depending on preferences.
The new VMC1 Video Security Intercom System comes in what Linear describes as handsome white, black or bronze finishes to complement any décor.
For information about the VMC1 Video Security Intercom and Linear LLC, visit www.linearcorp.com or call 800-421-1587.
Tri-Ed/Northern Video Distribution is expanding its partnership with Bosch Security Systems to now include pro audio and intercom products from the company’s Communications Systems brands, Electro-Voice and RTS, along with Bosch public address products.
“Tri-Ed/Northern Video is one of our most established partners in the security products marketplace, and expanding their portfolio to include Bosch Public Address, Electro-Voice pro audio, and RTS intercom products makes it easy for our customers to add a communications component to their purchase, and all with the high level of support and service that Tri-Ed/Northern Video is known for,” said Shawn Dahya, key account manager at Bosch Security Systems. “We are very pleased to take this important partnership to the next level, and look forward to passing the advantages on to our customers.”
For information, visit www.tri-ed.com.
Ingersoll Rand Security Technologies, Carmel, Ind., has provided its authorized dealers/distributors a new Knowledge Center portal with which they can log in to ask questions on a variety of door hardware and access control topics. The portal provides a wide range of solutions, from which type of steel door to use on a particular opening to installation suggestions, templates and service manuals on specific products. As a result, authorized Ingersoll Rand Security Technologies’ dealers and distributors now have 24/7 support for finding information from a database of more than 2,500 solutions.
“It is awesome,” lauds Dana Wetherbee, senior manager with Warren Hollow Metal Doors and Frames, Pensacola, Fla. “I have found very little that it does not answer. The Knowledge Center saves me a lot of time from having to call technical support.”
Emphasized Al Urbaniak, Ingersoll Rand Security Technologies product support manager, “Our new Knowledge Center highlights another advantage of being an Ingersoll Rand Security Technologies channel partner. We are now packaging information from both our product Technical Support teams and our highly respected training programs, sharing it with our authorized dealers and distributors instantaneously, on demand.”
Not only is the new Knowledge Center built upon a large base of information, but content will continue to grow to refine the original material and add to it. Constant use and its interactive nature will continuously validate the solutions provided.
“Importantly, the new Knowledge Center is dynamic,” Urbaniak explained. “Upon finding a solution, the Knowledge Center itself asks for feedback by providing an opportunity for the user to rate the solution, telling us whether or not the solution could be found and, if found, how to improve it. In this way, the Knowledge Center is constantly being updated.”
To use the Knowledge Center portal, a dealer or distributor logs into the Ingersoll Rand Security Technologies PartnerLink Site, clicks to the Knowledge Center and enters a question or problem. The site then provides a series of more detailed questions. By clicking on one, the Knowledge Center provides the solution or answer, or takes the user to printed material. Dealers and distributors can also ask how Ingersoll Rand Security Technologies products work together.
Since it began its pilot phase in April 2012, the Knowledge Center has provided more than 30 solutions a day. The company expects these numbers to rise quickly as more people learn about Knowledge Center.
For information, visit securitytechnologies.ingersollrand.com.
Advanced Technology Video (ATV), Coppell, Texas, a provider of video security surveillance solutions, signed a new distribution agreement with Tri-Ed/Northern Video Distribution to promote and offer to its customers ATV’s existing analog products, as well as the new ATV IP Solutions product line.
“ATV has enjoyed a historical and very strategic relationship with Tri-Ed since the early years of ATV distribution partnerships and this new formal agreement is extremely positive for both companies and our customers. We are excited to complete this engagement and be given the opportunity to expand the IP product solutions strategy through the Tri-Ed/Northern distribution locations,” said Bob DeProspero, ATV director of sales.
HID Global®, Irvine, Calif., entered into an agreement with Lenel Systems International Inc. that will enable Lenel to resell HID Global’s EasyLobby® Secure Visitor Management (SVM™) software as part of a comprehensive solution that is integrated with its Lenel OnGuard® advanced access control application.
“This agreement with HID Global enables Lenel to offer our customers a comprehensive solution that combines our Lenel OnGuard advanced access control with the enterprise-class EasyLobby SVM application,” said Jim Crowley, product marketing manager at Lenel. “Our customers can now employ a single, integrated security solution that includes access control and visitor management capability.”
Howard Marson, vice president and general manager with EasyLobby, an HID Global business, said, “We have been a certified Lenel Open Access Alliance Program partner for years, offering a more efficient method for managing visitors by enabling lobby attendants to issue proximity cards or bar-coded badges to visitors or contractors directly from the EasyLobby station to open a door, turnstile or activate an elevator controlled by OnGuard. Now, Lenel will be offering these solutions to its customers, as well.”
EasyLobby SVM integration with the Lenel OnGuard access control system enables OnGuard end users to grant different levels of access to visitors, contractors and employees from the EasyLobby SVM visitor station. When a visitor or contractor is badged using SVM, the information is automatically passed from the SVM database to the OnGuard system, and the prox card or barcode is activated in real-time. When the visitors checks out of EasyLobby, the OnGuard system is immediately notified and the card is deactivated.
For information, visit www.hidglobal.com.
Intransa announced a Latin America distribution partnership with ScanSource Latin America, and the expansion of its distribution channel into Central and Latin America. ScanSource Latin America provides IP-based physical security sales and services to resellers in Central and Latin America and the Caribbean.
The partnership will extend the reach of Intransa’s video-optimized open platform server and storage appliances into the region. These platforms allow affordable and simplified local installations as well as advanced cloud deployments, the company said.
“Latin America is an enormous growth market for physical security and with recent legislation requiring 90 days of storage in some applications, companies in the region are turning to best-in-class technologies that have reliable, easy-to-use platforms designed specifically for physical security,” said Alex Doorduyn, director international sales, Intransa. “IP-based security products have had an increased demand due to their flexibility and scalability and the ScanSource partnership allows more companies than ever before to have access to the best technology.”
According to Diego Lozano, director, security division, at ScanSource, “We are pleased to introduce the Intransa VideoAppliance™, EnterpriseServer™ and EnterpriseStorage™ products to the Latin America IP video surveillance market. Intransa’s products are well-known throughout the world for their open platforms and extended services and we hope to capitalize on that opportunity by launching its IP product portfolio into Latin America.”
Round Rock, Texas-based Dell announced the new Dell Quickstart Data Warehouse Appliance 1000 that can make it easier for mid-sized organizations to quickly and cost-effectively derive actionable business insights from existing data and make improved business decisions.
“Mid-market organizations, not unlike large enterprises, are challenged by the explosion of data volumes and are looking for better ways to analyze and use this data to gain business insights and stay competitive,” said Ben Linder, executive director, Data Warehousing and Business Intelligence, Dell. “Limited IT resources and budgets have mostly prevented mid-sized organizations from building data warehouses and realizing the insights they need. Dell now offers the mid-market a comprehensive, robust, affordable, and simple data warehouse solution.”
Rich Mellott, president and technology strategist at DIGIOP, which beta tested the appliance, said, “We appreciate the fact that Dell has configured a comprehensive data warehouse platform that includes Dell Boomi, making it much easier for us to incorporate our data into the larger big data environments of our clients. This allows us to focus development on advancing DIGIOP ELEMENTS for our video-enhanced intelligence software which, when bundled with Quickstart Data Warehouse Appliance, provides an excellent turnkey solution for our multiple-site and enterprise customers through the Dell channel.”
The Dell Quickstart Data Warehouse Appliance is a comprehensive software, hardware, and support services solution that allows easy integration of data from any source including cloud. It includes start-up and training services as well as quarterly health checks to help ensure ongoing success.
For information, visit www.dell.com.
AMAG Technology, Torrance, Calif., an access control, IP video, and intrusion detection solution provider, announced that Salient Systems is a member of AMAG’s new Symmetry™ Extended Business Solutions Program as a certified partner. As a certified partner, Salient’s CompleteView video surveillance management system integrates with Symmetry Security Management System, which combines the latest generation of video management software with feature-rich access control, the companies reported. Salient has integrated its CompleteView v3.8 software, with Symmetry™ v6.2 SP4 and v7.0. AMAG and Salient said they cooperatively tested and certified this integration.
“Our partnership with AMAG successfully addresses today’s security challenges for businesses that require an affordable and easy-to-use solution that delivers a comprehensive view of their entire security operation,” said Brian Carle, director of Product Strategy at Salient Systems. “Our partnership with AMAG shows our continued commitment to offering a cohesive enterprise security solution for our customers.”
CompleteView is built on the foundation of open architecture and provides the tools for unlimited scalability and flexibility to manage multiple servers and sites utilizing single seat administration, according to an announcement made by both companies.
Some of the features of the Salient/Symmetry integration include the ability to:
• Monitor CompleteView cameras from within the Symmetry GUI;
• Receive motion alarms from CompleteView cameras in Symmetry and initiate programmed actions;
• Control PTZ cameras attached to CompleteView from within the Symmetry GUI;
• Perform camera call up of CompleteView cameras.
For information about the Symmetry Security Management System integration with Salient, visit www.amag.com, call 310-518-2380.
Tyco Global Accounts, a provider of integrated security technologies and services, announced that the Tyco Global Center of Excellence (GCOE) received ISO 9001:2008 certification, a global standard that recognizes effective and efficient quality management systems. The GCOE, which provides pre- and post-sale support to select Tyco Global customers, is the first such program in the security industry to successfully achieve the prestigious designation, according to the firm.
The ISO 9001:2008 standard provides the GCOE with a proven framework for systematically managing its processes to ensure it consistently delivers products that exceed customer expectations. The center is the first worldwide engineering, application and program management center within Tyco to secure ISO certification.
“While we have always prided ourselves on providing exceptional quality in services and technology integration, this certification validates our outstanding level of commitment to our customers,” said Daryl Haga, director, Tyco GCOE. “We are a global organization with a centralized team that speaks 14 different languages and addresses various regional markets, so the certification process required significant effort and coordination. The Center was established in 2009, so this certification is even more noteworthy considering our young age. I am extremely proud of the commitment demonstrated by our team.”
MicroPower Technologies Inc., San Diego, announced that it entered into an agreement with Sprint that enables the company to leverage Sprint’s network as an additional channel to transmit wireless video. The addition of the Sprint network takes MicroPower’s video surveillance solutions a step further by enhancing its wireless capabilities with Sprint’s secure and pervasive network, which reaches more than 282 million people nationwide, MicroPower stated in the announcement.
The MicroPower Rugged-i is an integrated, solar wireless IP video camera that can be deployed in any location, as it is not constrained by wires or cables for power or data. MicroPower systems are ideal for remote locations and a comprehensive solution is maximized by the addition of a 3G/4G uplink from Sprint to secure video transmission to the back haul, the company stated.
“MicroPower’s advanced technology, combined with Sprint’s expansive wireless mobile network, allows cameras to be placed virtually anywhere at a fraction of the cost of conventional surveillance systems,” said Jon Siann, founder and CEO, MicroPower Technologies. “Our partnership with Sprint allows us to exceed customer expectations by enabling them to reinforce the security perimeter and extend protection, while promising high reliability through wireless transmission and immediate system deployment.”
For information, visit www.micropowerapp.com.
ASSA ABLOY, and RedCloud, a provider of web-based, access control solutions, announced the integration of RedCloud’s access control platform with ASSA ABLOY’s range of Aperio™ wireless locks.
Aperio integrates with RedCloud’s line of web-based, access control network appliances: RedCloud Express (control of 1–32 doors), RedCloud Enterprise (24–2,000-plus doors), and RedCloud Virtual (24–2,000-plus doors). RedCloud Express is a compact, all-in-one, access control network appliance designed for small- to medium-size installations, such as schools, offices, hospitals and museums. RedCloud Enterprise is a rack-mounted, access control network appliance that enables enterprises of all sizes to secure their facilities, people and assets across multiple offices, buildings or locations from any web browser. RedCloud Virtual is VMware Ready for deployment in a virtual server environment, eliminating the need to maintain a separate, stand-alone server or dedicated network appliance.
All RedCloud products are accessible anytime, anywhere from any standard web browser with RedCloud Security Management Software. This 100-percent browser-based web application is embedded in all RedCloud network appliances.
“RedCloud’s products provide customers with innovative access control over a wide range of end user markets and any number of doors,” said Martin Huddart, vice president of Electronic Technologies, ASSA ABLOY Americas.
Aperio is a global, wireless platform that provides an easy, affordable way to connect additional openings to an existing electronic access control system, the company said. Aperio wireless technology is available in the SARGENT IN100 and PR100 commercial and institutional locks, Adams Rite A100 narrow stile locks, Medeco M100 eCylinders, and HES K100 cabinet locks.
AES-IntelliNet (AES), a division of AES Corp., Peabody, Mass., announced a technology partnership with ipDatatel Inc. (IPD) of Sugar Land, Texas, to deliver integrated smartphone and Web-based interactive services integrated with its mesh radio communication subscribers. This best-in-class combination, joining long-range mesh radio alarm communications with interactive services (“Powered by ipDatatel”) over Internet, is unprecedented in the industry, AES-IntelliNet described.
“This technology partnership with ipDatatel allows us to continue offering the speed, reliability and zero monthly communications cost of AES radio communications, plus IP-based interactive services that enable our customers to better serve their clients,” described Tom Kenty, general manager of AES-IntelliNet. “No longer will AES alarm dealers and integrators be forced to compromise and utilize cellular to achieve interactive services.”
AES-IntelliNet will offer interactive services as an option with the all-new 7650 Freedom Series subscribers, as well as provide an upgrade path for existing installed AES subscribers. The AES interactive services are designed to work across multiple alarm panel brands and models, beginning with select Honeywell, DSC, and GE NetworX alarm panels on the initial release, according to AES IntelliNet.
Some of the interactive features offered in the first release to both residential and commercial applications will include, but are not limited to:
• AES Virtual keypad enables full remote keypad operation through a secure Web portal and smartphone (Apple iOS and Android) applications;
• Check current system status and arm system — home, away, instant;
• Bypass zones;
• Silence alarms and/or disarm;
• Access keypad programming mode to make changes;
• View event log and receive event notification via SMS and/or email;
• Manage multiple systems such as home and office from same app;
• Remote upload/download to select Honeywell alarm panels using Compass.
For information, visit www.aes-intellinet.com.
eOriginal Inc., a company that provides electronic signatures, vaulted repository and electronic transaction management solutions, and WeSuite LLC, a provider of sales management software, announced a partnership. eOriginal will provide electronic signature authentication services within the WeSuite applications, WeEstimate and QuoteAnywhere. Users can have sales proposals, contract agreements and lease documents signed and authenticated with their customers from within the WeSuite applications.
“We are thrilled to partner with WeSuite. I believe this integration will streamline business processes for all WeSuite users,” said John Jacobs, director of business development at eOriginal.
Bosch Security Systems Inc. (www.boschsecurity.us) appointed Warren Associates (www.warrenrep.com) to represent its video product line in California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, northern Nevada, Utah and Wyoming. This change became effective on June 1, 2012. With 35 years of experience, Warren Associates specializes in security, audio visual, and data communications products. Working closely with the Bosch Security Systems Western Region sales force, the Warren Associates team provides both sales and support resources to comprehensively service its customers’ needs and design the right solutions.
“The engagement of Warren Associates allows us to expand our Western region sales team and leverage the strong relationships Warren has developed during their 35 years of service,” said Kelly Priest, vice president of sales, Western Region, Bosch Security Systems Inc. “We will also augment our partnership with Warren by launching a dedicated Business Development Team that will increase the visibility of Bosch throughout the Western Region. Aligning ourselves with one of the top security rep firms in the country will support our continued market share growth in the West.”
Vumii™ Imaging Inc. (www.vumii.com) announced that its Claritii day/night outdoor perimeter cameras are now integrated with the Nextiva® S1800e encoders and Nextiva Video Management software from Verint® Systems. Developed specifically for critical infrastructure organizations that require enhanced visibility leveraging their current infrastructure, this integration adds greater coverage with 500-meter zero light video identification capabilities within the Nextiva portfolio, Vumii stated. In addition, Vumii’s Claritii cameras are now easily controllable within the Nextiva Video Management software platform, enabling pan, tilt or zoom camera direction.
Altronix has added Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska and Iowa to manufacturers’ representative firm Multi-Tech Reps’ current territory of Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin and Illinois. Altronix stated in a release that Multi-Tech Reps’ unique showroom and outstanding customer service have contributed to the success of Altronix’s cutting-edge power solutions for video surveillance, access control, and security.
“Our relationship with Altronix is complementary based upon their impressive array of performance products and our knowledge of the market and the systems that support it,” said Matt Trudeau, account executive/principal at Multi-Tech Reps. “We are extremely pleased to have expanded territories which includes the Altronix portfolio of products.”
Two new Geutebruck licenses now facilitate professional data exchange between the Geutebruck system world (www.geutebrueck.com) and Lenel’s OnGuard management system. The licenses and related software packages were recently officially certified as meeting the requirements of the Lenel Open Access Alliance Program.
The GeVi/G-OnEvent license activates the event interface when connecting the LENEL OnGuard ACS system to the Geutebruck GeViSoft video management system. This enables event data to control DVR recording, presentation and search functions through Geutebruck’s video presentation infrastructure. The GSC/G-OnView license activates the recorder interface when Geutebruck’s GeViScope and re_porter systems are connected to the LENEL OnGuard management system, allowing any number of licensed GeViScope and re_porter devices to be addressed and queried. For managing, displaying and monitoring GeViScope and re_porter devices LENEL uses an OpenVideo SDK specification-based system.
Arecont Vision (www.arecontvision.com) announced immediate price reductions on many current 1.3 megapixel, 1080p, and 5MP cameras, effective July 1, 2012. Reductions range between 7 percent and 12 percent for AV1115xx, AV2115xx and AV5115xx MegaVideo® Compact cameras, AV1355xx-xxxx and
AV2155xx-xxxx MegaDome® cameras, D4F-AV1115xx-xxxx, D4S-AV1115xx-xxxx, D4SO-AV1115xx-xxxx, D4F-AV2115xx-xxxx, D4S-AV2115xx-xxxx, D4SO-AV2115xx-xxxx, D4F-AV5115xx-xxxx, D4S-AV5115xx-xxxx and D4SO-AV2115xx-xxxx dome cameras and AV1125xxv1 and AV2125xxv1 Mega-View™ cameras.
“It has been our practice to pass on cost savings in our products to our customers as we improve our cost position. The engineering team at Arecont Vision has not only provided a much more robust product family but reduced costs, too. We were also able to gain efficiencies in our production processes as our volumes have grown,” said Scott Schafer, executive vice president, Arecont Vision.
SightLogix® Inc. appointed Taylor-Long & Associates Inc., which specializes in end-to-end solutions for surveillance and communications, as its manufacturer’s representative for the Northwest U.S. region. “The demand for critical infrastructure protection of large assets requires an organization with systems expertise and customer focus,” said Dan Hearn, SightLogix vice president of sales. “TaylorLong & Associates is well positioned to support SightLogix customers who need to protect mission-critical assets in this important geography.”
SightLogix’ portfolio includes SightSensor visible and thermal cameras, SightTracker® automated PTZ assessment camera controllers and SightMonitor® coordination and GPS target location topology map display software.